Silent prayer for the people of all nations

If prayer can open one heart to the reality of God, it must also be effective in opening the heart of the world.

Once when Mrs. Eddy was counseling one of her students about how to respond to one of the world's trouble spots, she wrote of silent prayer as being "just what is needed." (See The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany.)

She realized that nothing could better meet the needs of a troubled world than a practical understanding of the God of the Bible, the God Christ Jesus so affectionately called Father. Christianity has brought the truth that God is divine Love. And Christian Science clarifies the understanding that divine Love is divine Principle—the perfect creator of man and the universe. People of all nations have the right to this holy understanding of God, which brings freedom from apparently hopeless situations. Loving prayer based upon the perception that God is everywhere can bring the needed enlightenment.

The prayer that most effectively touches the hearts and minds of others always starts from our own spiritually won conviction that man is the beloved idea of God, not a mortal who often lives in dreadful conditions. According to Christian Science, God is Spirit, Life itself, divine Mind. Divine Spirit is All-in-all, and man is God's own spiritual expression, not a mortal at all—and not subject to material conditions and cruel indifference.

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July 9, 1990

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